America On Stage Judge Training
Thank you for judging! We are excited to have you as our judge. Hopefully, this page will help you with tips on being a good judge here at America On Stage!
America On Stage
Teams, Solos, Duos, Trios
Teams & Long Duets
How to Judge at America On Stage
Mark your Initials and the Team number on each score sheet at the top right.
There are TWO sides to each score sheet - Technical Merit and Artistic Expression
Here you score dancers on how their TECHNIQUE is.
Look at the definitions on the score sheet.
When dancers do something positive, put a + by the
Here you score dancers on how their SHOWMANSHIP
and PRESENTATION is.
When dancers do something positive, put a + by the
How many comments to leave?
We encourage you to have TWICE as many positive marks as negative. A dancer always wants to know what to work on, but with positive feedback, dancers often are encourage to improve.
How to mark?
Score Sheet is designed so you can mark and comment quickly and efficiently.
Add Plus and Circle marks by Terms and them comment on them quickly.
How to score?
Once dance is complete, score them at the bottom.
Mark a TECHNIQUE SCORE and an ARTISTIC SCORE, and a JUDGES BONUS SCORE
If they are a 1st place level, circle the "4-1st Place"
If a 2nd place level, circle the "3-2nd Place"
If a 3rd place level, circle the "2-3rd place"
If a 4th place level, circle the "1-4th place"
If they are perfect, circle the "5-Perfect"
score the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place scores.
Score JUDGES BONUS
If you score a dance with TWO PERFECT SCORES, you
don't need to give a judges bonus.
What not to do
1. Don't score a dance with All positive marks, no
circles and then score them without a PERFECT score. If they don't
have a perfect score, make sure to have something to work on.
Please donít go talk with competitors!
It gives the appearance of judges favoring certain studios.
Please wait until the event is over to say hi to any familiar dancers.
Smile when you judge.
Adhere to the quick schedule
How to Score on the Score Sheet
New Score Sheets format!
See the score sheets above on the links.
Be familiar with the areas for each score sheet.
Mark with COMMENTS, PLUSES, and ZEROES
1. By each term, if it's POSITIVE, mark it with a "+"
2. By each term, if it NEEDS IMPROVEMENT, mark it with a "O"
3. To the side of each term, you can leave COMMENTS on
What is done well and needs improvement
While everyone wants to know what to improve on,
please have twice as many positive comments as negative.
Hearing only negative comments drives confidence away.
Technical vs Artistic
Score according to the level
Pro Clog and
∑ Additional Clogging Score Sheets and instructions
Clogging Freestyle, Short Duets, A Cappella Score Sheet. Click here to see it.
Score the score sheets by writing the number of the dancer and then circle either a 1, 2, or 3
1st place (Circle 1), 2nd Place (Circle 2) or 3rd Place (Circle 3).
In Pro, if you give a 1st , score with a decimal 1.1, 1.2, thru 1.9. (1.0 is the best score)
Use the Gold/Yellow Score Sheets
Clogging Pro Team and Clog Duets. Score Sheet. Click Here to see it.
Examples of marked Score Sheets
Clogging Pro Good | Clogging Pro Bad
There is also a CATEGORY SPECIFIC AREA to mark based on the dance you are scoring at the top.
∑ There are then THREE AREAS - Technical, Artistic and Sound. Each of these has 2 sub categories (6 total).
You will give 7 Scores (One for the category specific and one for each sub category)
You MUST score all seven categories as a 1.4 or
Don't score lower than this unless the team is really lower than a pro team.
the three areas also has a BONUS. Score at least ONE BONUS for what a team
You can give all three bonus if you want.
∑ A perfect score is all 1.4ís and 3 difficulty bonuses.
Each team is judges according to all general rules for all team dances below category specifics on the score sheet.
Technical Ė How in sync they are with arms, lines, mistakes, spacing, formations
Artistic Ė How well choreographed the dance is including creativity, movement, music, showmanship, energy, appearance
Sound Ė How well sound is used in the dance. Clarity, strength, a special place to mark how well double doubles are done, endurance and how unique the steps are.
Using all these three areas, judge the dance.
If a team excels, give them a difficulty bonus. A good pro team should have at least one difficulty bonus. Please use them as we use these bonuses to break ties.
CLOGGING PRO CATEGORY SPECIFICS
Each team/duet category has something specific to be judges. Use these boxes at the top to judge the specific items in each category.
∑ Watch for Couple work. Turns, partners. This is not a line dance. Should have traditional costumes and music (words and pants are OK).
∑ Watch for Circle. Should involve both small and large circle figures.
∑ All done in lines. No touching, holding hands or circles.
∑ Watch for straight lines, ripples (progessions), and movement.
Done as if written for one person performed by many. Everyone
always in sync. No ripples or someone out of step with another
Formation should move together without spacing issues
∑ Lines should remain straight.
A Cappella Production
∑ 2 judges will listen, three judges will score. (In Champ, one judge will listen and two will watch). For those that listen, you will use an A Cappella score sheet and mark your comments on how the sounds work in the dance. Score it out of 10. For those watching, score it with a normal score sheet and score it like a normal dance including chorepgraphy, sounds, style, etc and score it as a normal dance. There just isnít any music.
∑ 5 judges will listen only. Top Score is 10 (not 1.0 like in the past)
This is a dance with TRADITIONAL DRAG SLIDE steps only. No Canadians, no hop doubles, every step must include a drag slide. Some buck may be done, but it shouldnít be exclusive. Watch for drag slide steps. If people miss drag slides, mark it as missing, or comment on it on score sheet.
No choreographed arm movements. Teams may clap and move their arms, but it shouldnít happen that they all do the same thing at once.
Similar to Standing line, they move all together in one formation, no changes and no ripples. Watch spacing and lines.
Energy and power are a large part of this dance as is creativity. Think of the good old days when we danced 90 miles an hour! (Were they that long ago?)
∑ Dance should have a theme. A prop is alright. Should not be a line dance with a soundtrack song. Look for items in the dance that relate to the theme. If there is no theme, you may penalize them. This should not be a line dance with just a prop or just stunts.
∑ Stunts and lifts are welcome, but not required.
∑ Dance must be 50% clogging.
Open, Small, All Guys
∑ Anything can go in these dance categories.
∑ Another dance canít be competed in these categories (someone canít compete their precision in the precision category and then do it again in open. Do each dance just once per level).
∑ Judge it on your overall impression with the criteria below.
∑ Can be a line dance. Can be a funky dance. Anything can go.
∑ Small props are allowed
∑ Watch for couple work and working together.
PENALTY (Head) Judges sheet Ė appoint by stage Ė only fill out if have an infraction